Archive for July, 2008

Country Music, vol 3. – highlighting MJGOOC

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Country Music, vol. 3 includes some of the highlights of the MJ Grand Ole Opry Challenge…. (more…)

John Stebbe: Jazz Meets Classical!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

John Stebbe cover art

John Stebbe: Jazz Meets Classical!
2008 / Self-produced (purchase from CDBaby)
24 tracks / 79:05 minutes
Reviewed by Tobin Mueller

One of the delights of soloing during any jazz tune is to throw in a musical reference to a classical era piece of music. It often brings a smile to the faces of those watching as they recognize the phrase and how effortlessly it fits into the jazz idiom. If you are one of those smiling audience members, you will love this CD.

John Stebbe has put together a very entertaining collection of jazz interpretations of mostly classical numbers, with a few traditional folk tunes and hymns adding to the variety. The majority of the tunes are arranged for trio – piano, bass and drums. The tracks are short and sweet, emphasizing the main classical melody restated in jazz rhythms. Most songs sport a light-hearted introduction, followed by a brief solo section, and then everything falls tightly back into a strong recapitulation. One of my favorite arrangements, William Tell Overture (Rossini), includes quotations from Rich Rodgers’ “Surrey With The Fringe On The Top,” and nice give-and-takes between the bass and piano. (See attached featured tracks below.) (more…)

Classical Music – vol. 2 (w/ Podcast)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Classical Music – Vol. 2 – highlighting the diverse Classical Music on the station that still plays every style of music on the planet… Plus, this post includes the Classical Music Podcast created in early 2007 but never released and highlights from Feter’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik online festival.. (more…)

Paul F. Page – Philosopher Pianist

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Paul F. Page, composer, teacher and performer, divided his time, for most of his career, between teaching high school English and pursuing his music. He is currently “retired,” recording music he never got a chance to do during the more active portions of his musical life, and having fun.

Paul’s music has been published by many companies, including J. Paluch/World Library Publications, Mark Foster Music, Curtis Music, The Oregon Catholic Press, Hinshaw Music, Lorenz Music, and CynMar Publications (his own production company). A number of his works have been performed and recorded in Europe and Canada, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and extensively in the U.S. Paul holds degrees in philosophy and English from St. Patrick‚Äôs College and San Jose State University respectively, and a Master of Liturgical Music degree from Santa Clara University.Paul has toured Europe on six occasions with the Santa Clara Choral Spectrum, a choir he formed and directed since 1984. He’s adjudicated choral festivals in Feldkirche and Vienna, Austria. In 1982, he conducted his high school choir in a performance for then Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square, Rome. His Blessing has been performed in the Ukraine, Russia, and throughout Western Europe, Canada, and the U.S. and was featured on Austrian radio. Selections of his choral music appear in university conducting texts that have been published in the U.S. and in Spain. (more…)

Solo Piano – vol. 3

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Macjams Solo Piano vol. 3: – featuring New Age, Neo-Classical, Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Experimental works for solo piano, with a few small combos thrown in for variety. (more…)

Solo Piano – vol. 2

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Macjams Solo Piano vol. 2: – featuring New Age, Neo-Classical, Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Experimental works for solo piano. (more…)

Solo Piano – vol. 1

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Macjams Solo Piano vol. 1: – featuring New Age, Neo-Classical, Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Experimental works for solo piano, with a few small combos thrown in for variety. (more…)

Jazz – vol. 5 (w/ Vocals Podcast)

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Jazz on Macjams – vol 5 features vocal jazz and the previously unreleased podcast MacJams Vocal Jazz 2007. (more…)